Krishnapatnam Port, recognised as one of India’s largest ports and ranked amongst the finest ports connecting the eastern and western parts of the world, has been bestowed with the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award. The prestigious award, in recognition of its initiatives and achievements in the field of environment protection and management, was presented by the Union Minister of State for Environment, Mr Prakash Javadekar, to Mr C. Sasidhar, Managing Director and Mr Anil Yendluri, Director and CEO, Krishnapatnam Port, on July 11, 2015 at the 17th World Congress on Environment Management and Presentation of Golden Peacock Awards function held in New Delhi. The Golden Peacock Awards, instituted by the Institute of Directors, are presented annually under various categories. The winners of the awards for 2015 were finalised by a grand jury headed by Justice P. N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India and Chairman Emeritus of Golden Peacock Awards, Justice (Dr) Arijit Pasayat, former Judge of the Supreme Court, former Chairman of Competition Appellate Tribunal and Authority for Advance Ruling (Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax) and Chairman of Golden Peacock Awards. The Golden Peacock Environment Management Award is the coveted and prestigious recognition given to organisations which have attained significant achievements in the field of environment management. Environment protection is at the heart of Krishnapatnam Port’s corporate governance and philosophy. Some of the green initiatives taken by the port include—plantation of over 20 lakhs trees within the port and more than 50,000 trees in the surrounding villages; installation of solar lights in the port and solar water heaters in the employee colony; establishing gas connections for villagers so as to discourage them from cutting mangroves; adoption of Nellore town traffic islands and public buildings for maintaining greenery around the areas, etc. The port has adopted an Environment Health and Security programme that encourages continuous improvement in environment protection and includes waste management, pollution control, resource conservation, use of renewable resources, etc. Within the port area, Krishnapatnam Port has an electrified railway line network from all storage yards as part of its sustainable strategy, thus leading to a reduction in carbon dioxide to the extent of 24,935 tonnes and also reduction in diesel consumption of railway engines and GHG emissions. Currently, the port is in the process of electrifying all its cranes so as to reduce diesel consumption, and moving towards solar and wind energy to reduce fossil fuel usage. The 4 R’s strategy of the port helps in reducing water requirements by adopting new technology called atomisers that has shown astonishing results—Reuse of water collected from guard ponds after wetting the yards, recycling methods wherein 300 KL of domestic sewage is treated and recycled for green belt development, 400 KL of truck wash water treated and recycled for dust suppression, and recharge by developing 12 rain water harvesting ponds having total catchment area of about 5.26 lakh sq. m, harvesting and recharging ground water of about 1.54 lakh M3 per year. Commented Mr Sasidhar: “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award. We strongly believe that the progress and welfare of society is not merely the responsibility of governments alone; rather every organisation should contribute and be part of social welfare. We have created a socio-economic atmosphere in Krishnapatnam that immensely benefited the surrounding inhabitants fostering sustainable growth. “Going forward, our goal is to achieve sustainable development and maximise the positive impact by creating value for the society. We will continue to invest in education, skill promotion, job creation, health and safety programmes, and environment management that leads to overall economic development in the region.” Over the years, Krishnapatnam Port has taken considerable steps to maintain and safeguard the environment not just around its own premises but also by reaching out to the communities and nearby industrial region. Setting an example, the port has encouraged the surrounding areas and societies to adopt environment-friendly and sustainable operations, thus achieving a healthy balance between environment protection and development of the region.
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